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Five months later, Vernon couple's missing cat shows up in Nelson

Dexter the cat made his way back home after five months on his own.
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November 23, 2017 - 2:48 PM


VERNON - A Vernon woman believes fate was at play in the return of her eight-year-old cat Dexter earlier his month.

The Bengal cross ran off five months ago when Cindy McLeod and her husband Richard were camping in the Revelstoke area.

“He goes camping with us and I had him on a leash,” McLeod says.

But Dexter got away when McLeod momentarily dropped the leash and he went charging into the forest.

“My husband and I chased him for about an hour through the dense brush,” McLeod says.

Dexter with Cindy McLeod's husband Richard and the family dog.
Dexter with Cindy McLeod's husband Richard and the family dog.
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There was no sign of him. Desperate, McLeod contacted the SPCA and other agencies, but no one had seen him. She’d almost given up hope when, months later, she got a phone call.

“Fast forward to Nov. 6 and we got a call from a vet hospital in Nelson,” she says.

A young woman was passing through Revelstoke on her way home to Nelson when Dexter ran in front of her car, McLeod says. She was able to lure him into the car with some dog food, which he happily gobbled up. McLeod and her husband rushed to Nelson the very next day to pick up Dexter and bring him home. She’s grateful to the young woman who recognized Dexter was in trouble and took the time to stop.

“I was so happy I sent her a $200 reward. It turned out she hadn’t been working so she said ‘thank you so much,’” McLeod says. “I said, ‘you must’ve been the person meant to find that cat.’”

McLeod wanted to share the happy story as a reminder to pet owners that ear tattoos do work, and to never give up on your pets no matter how long it takes.

Dexter survived his five months outside with no injuries, although he’s lost a few pounds, McLeod says.

“He doesn’t even want to go outside,” she says.

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